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What are your salary expectations?

1 of 10 Salary Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on January 24th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

In many states, it is now illegal for hiring authorities to ask about your current earnings. A question like this will give the interviewer a solid idea of what you are hoping to earn. When you change positions, you want to see an increase in wage. Most interviewees will typically aim for a 7-15% increase for each time they change jobs. This range offers room for negotiations with the new company. This percentage increase reflects economic inflation, unique skills you bring to the table from the last time you joined an organization, and an increase in responsibilities. The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example if you are comfortable doing so. If this makes you uncomfortable, do give as many indicators as you can. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

If you are newer to your career, or the area, and are unsure of what a fair ask may be, there are many reliable salary calculators available online.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year, and I would like to earn slightly higher in my next position, as I have additional certifications since my last salary negotiation took place."

Admin
Answer example

"As I am new to my career and this industry, I am happy to negotiate my earnings based on your typical salary for this role. From my research, I see that the average junior administrator in the Chicago area earns an annual salary in the $45K range."

Manager
Answer example

"I can share with you what I am currently earning, and where I would like to be in my next position. Currently, I am earning a base salary of $78K plus an annual bonus opportunity of an additional 10%. Last year my earnings were $85K, and I'd like to earn above that in my next position, to reflect the MBA I recently acquired."

Marketing
Answer example

"I am currently making $80,000 per year with two bonus opportunities based on project completion. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the responsibilities of this role and provides an opportunity to learn new skills."

Retail
Answer example

"I would like to earn slightly above where I am now. Currently, I earn $25/hour plus benefits and a 10% commission on all sales. My target income for the coming year is $65,000."

Sales
Answer example

"I am negotiable with my salary expectations. However, I am not inclined to lose compensation. Compensation to me, though, is not only net pay. I take into account work hours, commute. overnight travel, health benefits, etc."

Clinical Research
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus a potential 20% annual bonus. Last year my earnings were $52,000, and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

Quality Control Inspector
Answer example

"I can share with you what I am currently earning, and where I would like to be in my next position. Currently, I am earning a base salary of $38K plus an annual bonus opportunity of an additional 10%. Last year my earnings were $41K, and I'd like to earn a bit above that in my next position."

Maintenance
Answer example

"I am currently earning a base salary of $50K per year. I am looking for a position that will offer me competitive growth and salary."

Laboratory Assistant
Answer example

"I have researched local compensation for lab assistants and, based on my years of experience, I think the range of $40k to $45k is reasonable."

Auto Mechanic
Answer example

"I can share with you what I am currently earning, and where I would like to be in my next position. Currently, I am earning a base salary of $58K. I'd like to earn a bit above that in my next position."

Allergist
Answer example

"Money isn't a key factor but I do have a salary range in mind based on the local area."

Radiation Therapists
Answer example

"I can share with you what I am currently earning, and where I would like to be in my next position. Currently, I am earning a base salary of $78K plus full health benefits. This year, I would like to earn around $85K, to reflect the new training I recently acquired."

News Producer
Answer example

"Since I was making somewhere around $30,000 at my last producing job, I think I have gained much experience there to where I am really worth $35,000 at this station. I have improved significantly since I took that job two years ago and will make a large impact at your station."

Law Enforcement
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $68,000 per year plus medical benefits, and additional perks. I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

Anesthesiologist
Answer example

"Currently, I am earning a salary of $230,000 per year. What range are you offering for this position?"

Dietitian and Nutritionist
Answer example

"I researched the area and, based on my years of experience, I think the range of $70k to $75k is reasonable."

Warehouse Clerk
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year, and I would like to earn slightly higher in my next position, as I have additional supply chain certifications since my last salary negotiation took place."

Marriage and Family Therapist
Answer example

"Currently, I am earning a salary of $80,000 per year. What range are you offering for this position?"

Film and Video Editor
Answer example

"I am hoping to make between $50,000-$55,000 for this job, considering that I have worked for many years at a great company as a film editor and can offer much to this company. I also expect to grow in the years I work here."

Weather Producer
Answer example

"Since I have received a degree in meteorology and am certified through the American Meteorological Society, I believe I am worth $40,000-$42,000 to do this job, with the promise of being more experienced than anyone else in this market."

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Answer example

"Currently, I am earning a base salary of $78K plus health benefits. I'd like to earn a bit above that in my next position."

Benefits Manager
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year, and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

Zookeeper
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus a potential 20% annual bonus. Last year my earnings were $52,000 and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Answer example

"I am looking for a salary between $75,000 and $85,000 a year. However, I am flexible, and I would be willing to talk about salary in more detail if offered the position. More than anything, I’m really invested in this line of work and would love to work with this company."

Dental Assistant
Answer example

"I am currently making $40,000 per year plus benefits. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides an opportunity for growth."

Newspaper Columnist
Answer example

"For my weekly column, I hope to be paid $1,000 per column with a $250 raise each year following my success. I feel this is reasonable given my credentials in the field of journalism over the past 20 years."

Kitchen Manager
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus a potential 5% bonus based on cost savings and restaurant performance. Last year my earnings were $47,000 and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

Entertainment Anchor
Answer example

"I hope to make between $40,000-$43,000 for this job since I have already worked as an entertainment industry and bring you much experience."

Residential Advisors
Answer example

"I can share with you what I am currently earning, and where I would like to be in my next position. Currently, I am earning a base salary of $78K plus an annual bonus opportunity of an additional 10%. Last year my earnings were $85K and I'd like to earn a bit above that in my next position."

Reporter
Answer example

"Since I have been a reporter for 3 years now, I believe my experience lends itself to a salary between $35,000-$38,000. I would also like to discuss financial help with moving cross-country."

Lineman
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $68,000. I would like for my next opportunity to be slightly ahead of where I am now. $70,000-75,000 would be ideal."

Certified Nursing Assistant
Answer example

"Currently, I am earning a base salary of $48K. I'd like to earn a bit above that in my next position."

Corporate Copywriter
Answer example

"Since this is my first time working as a copywriter, I would feel comfortable making $40,000."

Executive Recruiter
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $75,000 per year, plus commission on all placements. I want to earn slightly higher in my next position, as I have additional certifications and achievements since my last salary negotiation took place."

Chef
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $60,000 per year plus a potential annual bonus based on cost savings. Last year my earnings were $68,000 and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

ABA Therapist
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

Machinist
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus a potential 20% annual bonus based on overall company performance. Last year my earnings were $52,000 and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

News Director
Answer example

"I have worked in many big sized television stations in the past with the utmost success. I would hope that my experience is worth $100,000-$105,000 here, because I know I can help your station grow and improve over time."

Dispatcher
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus health benefits and 3 weeks' paid vacation. I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher in my next position."

Photojournalist
Answer example

"Because I am a great storyteller and have proven myself over the years, I believe I would like to make between $32,000-$34,000."

Patient Services Coordinator
Answer example

"I researched the area and based on my years of experience I think the range of $35k to $45k is reasonable. Because I bring 5 years of experience to the table I'd like to think the starting salary would be in the middle of the range."

Nurse Anesthetist
Answer example

"I can share with you what I am currently earning, and where I would like to be in my next position. Currently, I am earning a base salary of $178K plus benefits. Last year my earnings were $185K and I'd like to earn a bit above that in my next position."

Dishwasher
Answer example

"Currently, I earn $12/hour as a dishwasher. I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

Foreign Correspondent
Answer example

"Since I have been working as a journalist and have been reporting on international relations for multiple years, I am highly qualified for this job and hope to make between $90,000-$100,000 so I can sustain a life abroad."

Political Reporter
Answer example

"Since I have been working as a political reporter in the past, I feel I am best fit to be paid between $55,000-60,000 because of my experience."

High School Teacher
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a salary of $65,000 per year. I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

Addiction Psychiatrist
Answer example

"I can share with you what I am currently earning, and where I would like to be in my next position. What range are you offering for this position?"

Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Answer example

"Currently, I earn $50,000 per year with two weeks' paid vacation and full health benefits. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the responsibilities of this role and provides an opportunity to learn new skills."

Animal Shelter Worker
Answer example

"I can share with you what I am currently earning, and where I would like to be in my next position. Currently, I am earning a base salary of $23K plus an annual bonus opportunity of an additional 10%. Last year my earnings were $25K, and I'd like to earn a bit above that in my next position."

Field Producer
Answer example

"Since I have worked as a producer in the past, I believe as a field producer I would like to be paid $50,000-$55,000 because I will need to be prepared to travel often."

Ghostwriter
Answer example

"I believe I would like to make between $25,000-$27,000 to begin here as a ghostwriter."

Financial Analyst
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $,000 per 63,000 year plus a potential 10% annual performance based bonus. Last year my earnings were $68,000 and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

Sports Reporter
Answer example

"Since I have been a sports reporter for local sports for 4 years already, I have significant experience finding local stories that mean a lot to the community. I feel that it is reasonable to ask for between $40,000-$43,000."

Meteorologist
Answer example

"At my previous job, I was making $40,000, but after receiving my American Meteorological Seal of Approval, I am a certified meteorologist and feel my expertise is worth $55,000. This would also help my moving costs."

News Researcher
Answer example

"I hope to make between $30,000-$32,000 since I have prior experience in the news industry and can deliver great stories to your newsroom."

Screenwriter
Answer example

"Since I feel I fit the description of this job so well, I believe I should be making $30,000-$32,000 to start. I hope we can come to an agreement representing my skills."

Psychiatric Technicians
Answer example

"Money isn’t a key factor and you’re goal is to advance in your career."

Correction Officer
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus health benefits. I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

Nursery and Greenhouse
Answer example

"Currently, I earn $16 per hour plus overtime. Last year my earnings were $42,000 and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

Audio Engineer
Answer example

"Since I have much experience already working with your audio board and editing gear, I believe I would be worth between $23,000-$25,000 for this job. However, I am open to discussions about other benefits I may receive."

Pharmacist
Answer example

"I'm looking for a salary range between 80K and 120K a year."

Multimedia Journalist
Answer example

"In my previous job, I made $28,000 as a multimedia journalist in Bangor, Maine. Since I am moving a long distance and in a higher quality publication, I would hope you would consider paying me between $30,000-$34,000."

Athletic Trainer
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus c. Last year my earnings were $52,000 and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

Production Assistant
Answer example

"Since I have been working as a production assistant for over 5 years, I believe I am worth $60,000-$63,000, especially because the cost of living here in California is steep."

Substance Abuse Counselor
Answer example

"I’d rather not commit to that quite yet. I’m sure you are consistent with the market, what are your thoughts on the starting salary for this position?"

Production Director
Answer example

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Assignment Desk Editor
Answer example

"I believe that my work is worth between $28,000-$30,000 because I have worked as a part time assignment desk editor before and I already have experience that makes me valuable."

Radiology
Answer example

"Currently, I am earning a salary of X. In my next position, I would like to see an increase to Y. What range are you offering for this position?"

Radiologic Technologist
Answer example

"Currently, I am earning 55K per year. I'd like to stay in this salary range. What range are you offering for this position?"

Academic Dean
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $155,000 per year plus a potential annual bonus. Last year my earnings were $172,000, and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

Environmental Scientist
Answer example

"I can share with you what I am currently earning, and where I would like to be in my next position. Currently, I am earning a base salary of $78K plus an annual bonus opportunity of an additional 10%. Last year my earnings were $85K, and I'd like to earn a bit above that in my next position."

Forester
Answer example

"I can share with you what I am currently earning, and where I would like to be in my next position. Currently, I am earning a base salary of $68K plus an annual bonus opportunity of an additional 10%. Last year my earnings were $85K, and I'd like to earn a bit above that in my next position."

Flight Attendant
Answer example

"I am currently earning a base salary of $38,000. I would like to earn close to this, or slightly higher, in my next position."

Pediatric Nurse
Answer example

"I would describe my personality as approachable, light-hearted, and positive. I like to give more than I take and pride myself on being part of a team."

Cost Accountant
Answer example

"I am currently earning a base salary of $68K per year plus an opportunity for bonus, based on my results. I am looking for a position that will offer me competitive growth and salary."

Cardiovascular Technologist
Answer example

"In my current role, I am earning $40 per hour. I am seeking $43 to $45 per hour in my next opportunity. I am looking for a role that is the best fit for me and my experience, so I'll consider a few factors when I make a decision."

Electrical Technician
Answer example

"I can share with you what I am currently earning, and where I would like to be in my next position. Currently, I am earning a base salary of $72K plus an annual bonus opportunity of an additional 10%. Last year my earnings were $78K, and I'd like to earn a bit above that in my next position."

Payroll Specialist
Answer example

"(If you don't have salary expectations) I have gone through the job description and all the job responsibilities totally excite me. I believe that this job will provide me with the mental satisfaction at the end of the day and thus whatever is fair for the market and equitably within the organization would be acceptable for me. (If you have salary expectations) I am looking for growth in terms of responsibilities as well as in monetary terms and since I have been getting 'X $' per annum (current package), I am expecting to get a raise and thus something around 'XYZ $' per annum."

Air Traffic Controllers
Answer example

"Currently, I earn a base salary of $95,000 per year, and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

Dental Laboratory Technician
Answer example

"I am currently earning a base salary of $40K per year plus health benefits. I am looking for a position that will offer me competitive growth and salary."

Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 01/10/2017
Last modified on: 01/24/2019

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